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John Kaemmerlen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

585-475-2767
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John Kaemmerlen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Education

BS, ME, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

John Kaemmerlen received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.Eng in Engineering Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Kaemmerlen came to RIT initially as an adjunct professor, and then became a full time Lecturer in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department (ISE) in 2007. This followed a 31 year career at Eastman Kodak Company, during which he worked in numerous line and staff positions in manufacturing, engineering, and logistics, including the deployment of “lean” in their film product line. Mr. Kaemmerlen teaches courses in lean, facilities planning, and supply chain management, and helps guide many of the multidisciplinary senior design projects that are taken by 5th year undergraduate students. His two graduate courses in lean each contain numerous lab exercises, most of which use the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) Lab, of which he is the Associate Director. He also teaches a 1 credit Production Systems Practicum course in the TPS Lab for students not majoring in ISE. In addition, Mr. Kaemmerlen has guided many of the Manufacturing Leadership program capstone projects over the past five years. He continues to do lean consulting at outside companies. Mr. Kaemmerlen is also President of the Rochester chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

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Currently Teaching

ISEE-498
3 Credits
This is a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
ISEE-497
3 Credits
This is a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
ISEE-626
3 Credits
The focus of this course is Lean. Lean is about doing more with less - less human effort, less equipment, less time, less space. In other words, lean is about the application of industrial engineering principles and tools to the entire supply chain or value stream. The focus of this course will be learning and applying the principles and tools of lean such as value, value stream mapping, takt, flow, pull, kaizen, standard work, line design, and others, all in the context of continuous process improvement. By the end of this course, the student will possess the essential tools and skills to apply lean in their production system from either a line (supervisor or manager) or staff role.
ISEE-728
3 Credits
The focus of this course is Lean. Students who take this course should be interested in building on their basic knowledge of (lean) contemporary production systems and developing the breadth and depth of their understanding, with a focus on the managerial, quantitative, and systems aspects. It will also address value streams beyond manufacturing - specifically logistics. This course should enable the student to practice the application of lean concepts in the context of systems design at the enterprise level.
ISEE-794
0 Credits
For students enrolled in the BS/ME dual degree program. Student must either: 1) serve as a team leader for the multidisciplinary senior design project, where they must apply leadership, project management, and system engineering skills to the solution of unstructured, open-ended, multi-disciplinary real-world engineering problems, or 2) demonstrate leadership through the investigation of a discipline-related topic.